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8 Distinguished Trophies Millennials Deserve to Win at Work

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It’s happening. We’re taking over.

The Millennial generation, which is 80+ million strong and larger than the Baby Boomers, has started to fill management roles at companies big and small. You could say our journey into the upper ranks isn’t going smoothly.

In a recent workplace study, older employees believe GenY managers are entitled and only concerned with ourselves.

Part of the problem: the idea that we deserve trophies for everything — even the stuff we’re expected to do all along, like work hard or not burn down a forest (seriously). We young folk, the so-called “Trophy Generation,” think even the smallest accomplishment is cause for major celebration. We figure we’re awesome. Then people call us entitled.

So when you hear your name, please come to the podium and accept this year’s “honors.” You earned them!

1. The “Arrived on Time for Three Straight Weeks” Award

Remarkable. You have greater precision than a fine Swiss watch. If you stay punctual an entire month, the company might even name a wing after you.

2. The “Worked Late to Finish a Big Project” Award

Company policy says the day ends at 5:30 p.m., but somehow, you soldiered on and didn’t leave the office until the clock struck 10:00 p.m. Forget about a trophy. You, fine sir or madam, deserve a medal of bravery.

 

 

 

 

3. The “Successfully Explained Twitter to the CEO” Award

The boss is 67. You’re 24. An outside observer might say you were the obvious choice to educate the CEO on social media. But no, what you did forever changed company culture and solidified your place as a future leader of the organization.

4. The “Effectively Dealt with an Annoying Client” Award

We all watched in amazement as you handled the thorniest client in company history. Until then, none of us had ever encountered a difficult business relationship. It had all been like a dream. What would we do without you?

5. The “Took Out the Garbage Even Though No One Asked Me” Award

The trash spewed from every can and threatened to overwhelm helpless coworkers. You calmly rolled up your sleeves, emptied each can and rid the office of vicious waste. Selflessness of the highest order. We know a trophy isn’t enough, but it will have to suffice.

6. The “Survived a Rough Yearly Review” Award

You entered the review feeling invincible and left with a dark shiner below your right eye. No matter. You slapped a frozen steak on the bruise, fought the urge to quit, made improvements and came back stronger than ever. Good on ya.

 

 

 

 

7. The “Stayed at the Same Job for More Than 2 Years” Award

Everyone figured after year two, you’d be long gone. Somehow, you found the strength to settle in and grow with your current organization. It takes a special kind of courage to be so committed.

And the most heralded trophy of all…

8. The “Lifetime Achievement by Age 27″ Award

Shut it down. Game’s over. At only 27, you became a manager with a corner office and a team of people under your dominion — some of whom are older than you. What else is there? You’ve reach the summit.

And why hasn’t someone topped off your coffee already? Interrrrn!

OK, here’s the deal…

A manager and a leader are not the same thing. Management means to oversee people; leadership means to inspire. As we assume management positions, we can’t forget what it means to lead.

Team-first over me-first. (Click here to Tweet!)You don’t need credit for a job well done. Be grateful rather than entitled. Sort of like…

The “Most Fortunate to Have Reached a Management Position” Award

Someone oughta make a trophy for that one.

This post originally appeared on News To Live By.

Danny Rubin is a PR professional in Virginia Beach. He also writes News To Live By, a blog that shows us the career advice that’s hidden in the day’s top stories. Follow him at @NewsToLiveBy.

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  • http://www.it-sales-leads.com/ Barbara Mckinney

    What they have achieved is a product of hard work and dedication in their chosen field. If every person in the workplace will act like a millennial,there’s no doubt that the company will going to reap their success in no time.

  • Fred

    You overlooked a critical and most difficult to attain Millennial honor: The “I managed to do my actual job for five minutes straight without playing on my cell phone” award.

  • jason

    Whoever wrote this article has (for no apparent reason) a negative bias towards the younger generation. What a joke.

    • http://www.cordeliacallsitquits.com Cordelia

      It’s a tongue-in-cheek parody of Millennial stereotypes.